MADE, Sheffield’s pioneering Entrepreneur Festival, is back and organisers are pledging that it will be even bigger and better than last year.
Creativesheffield strategic marketing director, Brendan Moffett, says there has been ‘overwhelming support’ for repeating the event that attracted leading entrepreneurs and government figures, as well as significant audiences when it was staged for the first time, last September.
Organisers are planning a number of improvements, including a shift of focus from business start -ups to the entrepreneurialism that fuels high- growth start-ups and can capitalise on the inventiveness of employees at long-established firms.
“Whereas 2010 was very much about start-ups, we are acutely aware that we need to think about SMEs that are already in good markets and could double their turnovers if they made a few of the right moves,” said Mr Moffett.
“There will be a significant element dedicated to working with the businesses that we have already got, including looking at how we can encourage employees so that everyone in the business is behaving like an entrepreneur.”
Mr Moffett says there are already examples of that happening at companies like Sheffield-based innovator Gripple and opportunities exist at other firms in the region, too.
A number of UK and internationally know entrepreneurs have already indicated they are planning to attend, including Will King, whose King of Shaves business is taking on established players, barrister turned Masala Masala curry sauce company founder Priya Lakhani and LOVEFiLM film rental specialist Simon Calver.
International guests are expected to include Indian entrepreneurial guru, Captain Gopinath, who overcame massive bureaucratic problems to pioneer low-cost air travel in India, and Salem Samhoud, who runs the top Dutch leadership consultancy “&samhoud.”
This year’s festival will run from September 21 to 24 and will include involvement by the StartUp Britain campaign, launched by leading British businesses and entrepreneurs to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs, a series of masterclasses aimed at existing and potential digital entrepreneurs and a repeat of last year’s popular TEDx event, which brings together leading innovators.
There will also be sessions aimed at high growth companies, a series of ‘boot-camps’ involving leading organisations like Google and O2, as well as lawyers Irwin Mitchell and top entrepreneurs.
Although a number of events are already planned and won the backing of sponsors, the Creativesheffield organising team says it is keen to hear what other things potential attendees and sponsors would like to see included in the second Made: The Entrepreneur Festival to be staged in Sheffield.
Anyone with ideas about events they would like to see can contact Brendan Moffett, email Brendan.firstname.lastname@example.org